Purpose:

  • Discerning Christians exists to network like-minded believers for encouragement and ministry.

Statement of Faith:

  1. I believe in the inerrancy, infallibility and sufficiency of the Old and New Testaments on all matters to which they speak as verbally and plenarily inspired by God and the supreme and final authority in faith and life. (Rom 15:1, 1 Cor 2:13; 10:11, 2 Tim 3:16-17, 2 Pet 1:19-20, 3:16)
  2. I believe in biblical justice and objective truth. I reject Marxist and postmodern inspired critical theories which contradict Christian doctrine by undermining objective truth, inspiring division in the body of Christ, promoting inequality before the law, and corrupting the Gospel. I reject standpoint epistemology, identity politics, socialism, and works-righteousness as elements of a social justice religion which stands opposed to the Gospel and teaching of Jesus Christ. (Col 2:8, 2 Pet 1:16-21, Gal 3:28, Ex 23:1-9, Rom 3:23, Gal 1:9, Ex 20:15,17, 2 Thess 3:10)
  3. I believe in the one Triune God who exists eternally in the three persons of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Gen 1.1, 1 John 5:7)
  4. I believe Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God, fully man and fully God, who was born of the virgin, lived a sinless life, voluntarily died on the cross of Calvary as our representative, vicarious substitutionary sacrifice for sin, physically rose from the dead on the third day following, and has ascended to Heaven to the right hand of the Father as the High Priest and Advocate of believers. I believe that those who believe on Him and repent of their sin will be justified and forgiven. (Luke 1:26-35, 2:40, John 1:1-2,14, 20:24-31, Rom 3:24-25, 5:8, 1 Cor 15:3-4, 20-22, Phil 2:5-8, 1 Tim 2:5-6, Heb 7:25, 1 Peter 1:3-5; 2:24, 1 John 2:1-2)
  5. I believe in a grammatical and historical approach to Genesis and reject any attempt to reconcile the creation accounts with Darwinism. (Gen 1-3, Matt 19:4-6)
  6. I believe God established significant differences between men and women in the created order and reflected those differences in social institutions, including the institution of marriage and family. (Gen 2:18, Eph 5:22-31)
  7. I believe God created the first people, Adam and Eve, in His image; that they disobeyed God and incurred physical and spiritual death and so consequently all men are now born with a sin nature that separates them from God. (John 3:17-18, Rom 3:10-19, 5:12-21, Eph 2:1-3)
  8. I believe salvation is wholly a work of God whereby God through His gracious power draws a dead sinner unto himself and extends to him the unmerited gift of salvation.(John 6:44, Eph 2:1-9, Rom 8:29-30)
  9. I believe all who repent of their sin and place their faith in Christ are indwelt by the Holy Spirit who convicts of sin, illuminates the Scripture, and empowers for godly living including Christian service and bearing witness to the Gospel of Christ. I reject the idea that a Christian’s identity can include sinful desires or actions. (John 14:26, 16:8, 1 John 5:6, Rom. 8:14, 1 Cor 6:11)
  10. I believe in the glorious hope of the imminent, bodily, physical, personal return of Christ Jesus in the future. (Matt 16:27, Rev 22:12)
  11. I believe in the bodily resurrection of all men: the redeemed to eternal life in the presence of God in Heaven, and the unredeemed to judgment and everlasting condemnation and punishment in Hell separated from God eternally. (Matt 25:46; Heb 9:27; Rev 21:8)